The Department of Elections Encourages Voters to Learn More About Changes on the Ballot for the November 5 Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, September 20, 2019 –With two short weeks before ballots begin arriving in mailboxes of those who vote by mail, the Department of Elections encourages San Franciscans to learn more about the changes they will notice on their ballots.

Beginning with the November 5 election, voters will fill in ovals to mark selections on their ballots instead of connecting arrows as previously. Voters will also have the opportunity to rank a greater number of candidates in contests that use ranked-choice voting (RCV).

San Franciscans will receive postcards in the coming days with information about these changes and resources offered by the Department to help voters learn more. Among other resources, the postcard features a link to the Department’s new online practice ballot with 10 rankings.

“The Department launched an interactive tool earlier this year to provide voters with an online resource to practice marking an RCV contest and learn about ballot marking errors to avoid when marking the official ballot,” said Director John Arntz. “The tool also features a digital sticker that voters can share on social media to encourage others to practice and help the Department increase awareness of the upcoming election.”

The interactive RCV practice ballot is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino, and can be accessed from the homepage of, the sidebar of all landing pages, and at

The postcard also features the Department’s new outreach theme Make a Note. Plan to Vote. This theme is designed to prompt City residents to integrate the action of voting into an everyday, personal to-do list and to highlight the accessible nature of voting. In the coming weeks, residents will begin seeing the Make a Note. Plan to Vote. theme in a wide variety of advertisements and materials including Muni and BART posters and the cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet.

For more information about the November 5 election, voters are encouraged to call the Department at (415) 554-4375, write to, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.


Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375

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